As everyone along the East Coast of the U.S. waits to learn more about the path of Hurricane Sandy, a small craft advisory has been issued on October 27, 2012 from Montauk Point, New York to Sandy Hook, New Jersey. Long Island Sound, Long Island bays and New York harbor are also areas affected by this advisory.
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has declared a state of emergency in preparation for the potential severe impact of Hurricane Sandy, which may possible hit New York on Monday. A state of emergency helps to mobilize needed resources to local governments that would otherwise be retracted to state use. The governor has also requested that president Barack Obama declare a pre-landfall disaster declaration. This would allow New York State access to funds and FEMA resources to prepare.
The New York State Department of Health has issued the following tips for New Yorkers to prepare for the storm:
- Keep plenty of non-perishable food and water on hand. Have a battery-operated radio and flashlight and enough batteries. You may also consider hand-cranked radios and flashlights, which do not need batteries. Keep a first aid kit and make sure that there is an adequate supply of medicine for those who need it.
- Identify a friend or family member who lives outside of New York and designate them as an emergency family contact. Also, designate a family emergency meeting place in the event that you can't go home.
- Know where you can relocate your pets during a storm because many shelters will not accept pets.
- Have an emergency phone list of people and organizations including your children's schools, your doctors, insurance agents, etc.
- Be aware of the hurricane risks in your area.
- Have cash in small bills, your checkbook, and your credit and ATM cards readily available. Store nyour important documents including insurance policies, bank account numbers, social security cards and medical records in waterproof containers.